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Dr Russell Bestley

Reader in Graphic Design
London College of Communication
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Russell  Bestley


Dr. Russell Bestley, Reader in Graphic Design.

He is engaged in teaching and learning across the postgraduate programme together with Research Degree supervision.

Russell's areas of specialist interest include graphic design research methods, information design and British popular culture, in particular late 20th century popular and alternative music.

He has co-authored and designed a number of publications including; Visual Research: An Introduction to Research Methodologies in Graphic Design (AVA Academia 2004, revised 2nd edition 2011), Up Against the Wall: International Poster Design (RotoVision 2002) and Experimental Layout (RotoVision 2001).

His most recent book, The Art of Punk, was published by Omnibus Press (UK), Voyageur (North America), Hugo et Compagnie (France) and Hannibal Verlag Gmbh (Germany) in 2012.  He is also on the editorial board of the academic journal "Punk" and "Post Punk", published by Intellect Ltd.

Russell completed his PhD thesis in Graphic Design in 2007, entitled Hitsville UK: Punk Rock and Graphic Design in the Faraway Towns, 1976-84, and has contributed articles to publications including Eye magazine, Zed, Émigré and the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World.

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